Reading through Pam’s reflection of previous conferences got me thinking about how often people will dig through old files, scrapbooks, folders, and websites and reminisce about days gone by. Often, cleaning out old boxes, one will find old papers, trinkets, and pictures from the past. With the advent of social media sites, web 2.0, and the Internet in general, that opportunity to look back and rediscover has become easier and easier. Finding pictures from say….last year’s conference, is just one Flickr search away!
So I thought I’d dig up pictures from last year’s conference that were posted to MACUL Space and share. SMILE!
The 2nd annual Collaborative Tools for Learning Conference, sponsored by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and hosted by the Ottawa Area ISD, will show educators how to make use of the next generation of technologies to support student learning and achievement. And we would like you to join us in presenting the new face of the Internet and how it can transform teaching and learning.
We are seeking educators who have experience in fostering collaboration and learning with the new generation of Internet tools and technologies to share your stories and skills with K-16 educators throughout the region in this new conference event. We want to explore how Web 2.0 and beyond can improve instruction, and we are looking for people like you to share your ideas.
Whenever I come back from the annual MACUL conference, I’m always delighted to see the excitement on the faces of my colleagues that attended and read inspiring comments online. Almost everyone that attends finds some engaging new way to use technology in their classrooms or buildings. The new-found discoveries and energy can be contagious, and other educators in my building pouted about not attending after seeing how enthusiastic we were coming off the conference.
It’s officially one week since MACUL 2008 closed it’s doors, but the conversations are still going strong, thanks in part to the terrific work from the MACUL Conference Bloggers! This year alone we amassed over 80 posts about the conference, dozens of comments, and have sparked severalconversations (both online and face to face) about extending and enhancing the conference experience. Too often, I receive thanks for putting it all together, but I’m always quick to protest that it’s not me who deserves the accolades, but rather the teachers, tech-integrators, and all around incredible people that blogged at this year’s conference.
If you were a conference attendee and gave a little bit of your time to blog about the conference and included the tag “macul08“, my deepest thanks to you for helping provide a connected learning experience for us all. And of course, those educators that put in their time and effort several months in advance to blog here on the MACUL Conference Blog, please accept my most sincere appreciation and gratitude for going above and beyond your normal duties to provide both conference attendees and those following along from home such excellent coverage of the MACUL 2008 Conference in Grand Rapids! All of the bloggers did a fantastic job of paving the way for great discussions coming out of this year’s conference.
Just in case you wanted a recap of your favorite blogger’s posts, or if you want to thank them personally with a comment, just click on one of the blogger’s names and you can see all of the hard work they put into the MACUL Conference Blog.
Congrats to all of my fellow bloggers for doing a great job covering this year’s conference. Special thanks goes to Ben Rimes for his leadership during this project.
It has been really nice to go back and read about sessions I couldn’t attend. I spent a huge chunk of yesterday afternoon using the stuff Hall Davidson presented on Google Earth even though I was presenting at the same time. I went to Ben Rimes’ GE session and took what I learned there and combined it with Hall’s links. Want to catch fish on Hutchins Lake in Fennville? Find the KMZ file here.
A handful of us covered the conference as “official” bloggers but we have 100s of potential bloggers. The beauty of a blog is that it is a two-way street. Now is your chance to share your favorite sessions and cool ideas you took away from the conference.
Whose session we haven’t discussed deserves some recognition? Let your voice be heard.